Greater Shepparton Heritage Grants Program

Greater Shepparton City Council, in association with the Greater Shepparton Heritage Advisory Committee, offers a Heritage Grants Program to support the conservation of properties within the Heritage Overlay.

Council recognises the value of our heritage and the significant contribution it plays in enriching our daily lives.

The Heritage Grants Program seeks to promote good conservation practice (maintenance, preservation, reconstruction or restoration) works that improve the physical security or appearance of a place, whilst being respectful of the place’s significance.

Owners of properties in Greater Shepparton within a Heritage Overlay are encouraged to apply for grants to assist in the conservation of these places for future generations to appreciate.

Grant applications will open from Friday 24 July 2020 and will close on Monday 7 September 2020 at 5.00pm.

Owners of properties in the Heritage Overlay will be notified by mail prior to the opening date.

To see whether your property is eligible for a Heritage Grant, please read the information on this page and the Heritage Grant Guidelines 2019, which can be downloaded below.

For any questions about this grant, please contact Council on (03) 5832 9700.

Background

Launched in 2017 following a recommendation of the Greater Shepparton Heritage Advisory Committee, the program aims to enhance, conserve and protect places and sites included in the Heritage Overlay, and to increase public awareness and understanding of heritage sites across Greater Shepparton.

Following a hugely successful Heritage Grants Program for the 2018/2019 financial year, Council in association with the Greater Shepparton Heritage Advisory Committee launched an enhanced Heritage Grants Program for the 2019/2020 financial year.

Council adopted the Heritage Grants Guidelines 2019 (see below) to inform this process.

An unprecedented 47 grant applications were received. All applications received were considered by a judging panel, which advised Council of its recommendations. Council considered and awarded the 2019/2020 Heritage Grants at the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 15 October 2019.

Grant recipients for all rounds are outlined below.

Who may apply?

The Heritage Grants Program will assist eligible individuals, community groups or organisations who own or manage properties within the Heritage Overlay to maintain and conserve these places for future generations.

You can find the complete list of properties included in the Heritage Overlay across Greater Shepparton in the Schedule to the Heritage Overlay at Clause 43.01 of the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme.

What funding is available?

Grants of up to $15,000 are available but are generally only for 50% of the cost of works recommended for funding on a $1 to $1 basis.

What type of works might be funded?

The Heritage Grants Program will seek to support conservation works to buildings, structures, fences, sites, etc. across Greater Shepparton that are not managed by Council.

Eligible works generally do not include routine maintenance works, unless that maintenance ensures the longevity of a place’s significance. To be eligible for funding assistance under the Heritage Grants Program, applications should satisfy the following:

  1. places must be identified as an ‘individually significant’ place and/or a ‘contributory’ place in a Heritage Overlay;
  2. owner approval is necessary for an application to proceed through the Heritage Grants Program; and
  3. projects should be for works or for documentation projects, as described below.
    1. works should satisfy the following:
      • be for conservation, restoration and/or reconstruction, including repair and conservation works that contribute to the significance of the place or object; and
      • be visible from a public place or improve a building or structure’s external appearance, with an overall focus on external appearance; and
      • be put forward by the property owner or a lessee who has written consent from the owner and whose term of lease is longer than any completion deadline.
    2. documentation projects should demonstrate a commitment to undertake urgent ‘at risk’ works and should satisfy the following:
      • be for specialist assessments or studies that would result in the future undertaking of eligible works; or
      • be for the preparation of conservation management plans that include a prioritised and costed works action plan.

Works not considered eligible

Works that will not be considered for funding include the following:

  • works to Council-managed properties;
  • works that have already commenced;
  • new additions or extensions;
  • routine maintenance considered to be for the general upkeep of any property;
  • speculative reconstruction works where there is no evidence of the early appearance of the place; and
  • internal alterations to buildings and dwellings where internal controls do not apply.

How do I apply?

Grant applications for the 2020/2021 financial year open on Friday 24 July 2020 and will close on Monday 7 September 2020 at 5.00pm.

Owners of properties in the Heritage Overlay will be notified by mail prior to the opening date.

To make a grant application for the 2020/2021 round, please contact the Building, Planning and Compliance Department on 03 5832 9700.

Successful applications will be announced following an Ordinary Council Meeting to be held in late 2020. Please note that works should be completed by Friday, 28 May 2021.

Please contact the Building and Planning Department on 03 5832 9700 if you have any queries regarding the Heritage Grants Program.

Previous grant recipients

2019/2020

St. Brendan’s Catholic Church for roofing / guttering repairs $6,600
5475 Goulburn Valley Highway, Moorilim for underpinning $8,000
68 Rea Street, Shepparton for verandah restoration $4,000
97 Corio Street, Shepparton for verandah restoration $4,000
10 Casey Street, Tatura for roof restoration $4,510
212-226 High Street, Shepparton for re-painting $7,260
249 Hogan Street, Tatura for brick repairs $7,500
101 Knight Street, Shepparton for re-painting $650
400 Zeerust Road, Zeerust for re-painting $2,800
43 Corio Street, Shepparton for re-painting $3,300
108 McLennan Street, Mooroopna for re-painting $11,000
10 River Road, Murchison for brick repairs $6,204
3 MacIntosh Street, Shepparton for repairs and re-painting $1,450
75-83 Hogan Street, Tatura for re-painting $960

2018/2019

26-36 Baldock Street, Dookie (St Luke’s Hall) for re-stumping $2,929
5455 Goulburn Valley Highway, Moorilim (St Patrick’s Church) for repairs to the slate roof $5,000
58 Hogan Street, Tatura for repairs to windows, blocks, guttering, downpipes, verandah posts, and iron roof $5,000
290-292 Wyndham Street, Shepparton for re-painting $1,430
47 High Street, Shepparton for re-painting $4,296
45 High Street, Shepparton for re-painting $4,296
43 High Street, Shepparton for re-painting $4,296
249 Hogan Street, Tatura for removal of concrete under the verandah $5,000
137 Waverley Avenue, Merrigum (former Uniting Church) for replacement of gutters and down-pipes $4,652
62-64 Hogan Street, Tatura for repairs to sash windows, screens and surrounds $2,618
98 Morrissey Street, Merrigum (Merrigum Memorial Hall) for repainting $5,000
24 Wren Street, Toolamba (The Junction Hotel) for demolition of non-contributory toilet block $5,000

2017/2018

72 Rea Street, Shepparton for weatherboard repairs, and repainting $5,000
19 Dunkirk Avenue, Shepparton (Churchill) for re-stumping, weatherboard repairs, and repainting $5,000
98 Morrissey Street, Merrigum (Merrigum Memorial Hall) for replacement of the roof, roof fittings, gutters and down-pipes $5,000
5455 Goulburn Valley Highway, Moorilim (St Patrick’s Church) for repairs to the slate roof, gutters and downpipes, and external surfaces, including repainting as required $5,000
62-64 Hogan Street, Tatura for replacement of windows, weatherboards and front fence $2,628
8 Casey Street, Tatura for replacement of the front fence $1,500